Saturday, June 4, 2011

Biointensive Gardening and a Source for Seeds

I just came across this website.  They have a great selection of many uncommon SEEDS.  You can buy a Sea Buckthorn plant for $10-20 not including shipping, but $2 for 20 seeds is great!

Here are just a few of their plants that I have rarely seen, if ever, for sale as seeds:

  • Amaranth
  • Teff
  • Vetch 
  • Lupine
  • Ancient Wheats
  • Flax
  • Yarrow
  • Maca
  • Currant
  • Hawthorn
  • Mulberry
  • Alpine Strawberry
  • Persimmon
  • Sea Buckthorn

No, I don't make any money from them, and I have never ordered from them... yet.   It's just exciting to find a seed source for these plants!

Biointensive Gardening at University of California, Santa Cruz

Apparently Bountiful Gardens is a project of Ecology Action which is a non-profit organization that teaches Grow Biointensive methods of agriculture around the world.  Biointensive farming is an organic style of gardening that incorporates a lot of sustainable land practices to produce more food on less space.  It is a pretty interesting method, and it can do wonders for developing countries.  

It is not the same thing as Permaculture.  Permaculture is more holistic (including everything from land and animal management to alternative energy, etc.).   Grow Biointensive's focus is a lot more on annual crops.  While this method is MUCH better than traditional gardening, I fear some people will use Biointensive methods and not go any further.  The use of forest gardens and perennial vegetables is way more stable, reliable, sustainable, and requires a LOT less work.  Consider using Biointensive methods in your larger Permaculture design.  View it as one spoke on the wheel, not the whole wheel itself.

If you are interesting in learning more about Biointensive growing, here is the book written by the founder/director of Ecology Action. I would not say it is fantastic, it is pretty good and does provide some unique information.